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As I'm prepping the launch of CONQUEST RISING (January 2020), I've been looking for a new way to distribute my ARCs. Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) are a great way for authors to get word about their book churning around the internet before launch day, and matched with a pre-order, they can bring in sales. However,... Continue Reading →

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Review: Aru Shah and the End of Time

Title: Aru Shah and the End of Time Author: Roshani Chokshi Stars: ★★★★ I hesitated to read this after reading The Storm Runner. However, I wanted an answer to my over-editing versus overdone trope (i.e. the Percy Jackson repetition). After Chokshi's book, I can say that it's neither. Unique and endearing, Aru Shah might just be my new favorite... Continue Reading →

Review: Captain Superlative!

This was an advanced reader copy for the July 2018 publication. There are minor spoilers ahead. Title: Captain Superlative! Author: J. S. Puller Stars: ★★★★★ If you removed the first chapter, this book still wouldn't be lighthearted. Between education-based bullying and the same favoritism toward sports players as shown in courtrooms (and in attempts to keep players... Continue Reading →

Review: The Mortification of Fovea Munson

This was an advanced reader copy for the June 2018 publication. There are minor spoilers ahead. Title: The Mortification of Fovea Munson Author: Mary Winn Heider Stars: ★★★ If you enjoy anatomical puns, this books for you. It's a lot of word play more so than anything actually related to the meaning of the medical terms, so... Continue Reading →

Review: Charlie & Frog

This was an advanced reader copy for the April 2018 publication. There are minor spoilers ahead. Title: Charlie & Frog (A Mystery) Author: Karen Kane Stars: ★★★★ Middle grade and young adult novels have a habit of making adults (especially parents) inept. Poor Charlie's story is no different. His parents and grandparents are self-interested, and between one thing... Continue Reading →

Review: The Way To Bea

This review does not contain spoilers! Please keep them out of the comments as well. Title: The Way to Bea Author: Kay Yeh Stars: ★★★★★ Marketing Effort: 2 (a bit less than average) About half-way through this book, I stood and stared at the front cover. Despite Will not liking mazes, that's all I could see thanks to... Continue Reading →

Review: Ernestine, Catastrophe Queen

This was an advanced reader copy for the August 2018 publication. There are minor spoilers ahead. Title: Ernestine, Catastrophe Queen Author: Merrill Wyatt Stars: ★★ Marketing Effort: 3 (average) When you compare your heroine to Ramona, Matilda, and Harriet the Spy, I expect a main character with a strong and creative personality. With Matilda and Harriet in the... Continue Reading →

Review: The Wild Robot Escapes

In my day job, I work for a book company. This means I get some pretty awesome perks. The latest? A plethora of Advanced Reading Copies (ARCs) from the Big 6 in publishing. With marketing intel on the back cover, they're extremely informative. For this chunk of reviews, I'll keep my regular format, but beneath... Continue Reading →

Review: The Midnight Sea

This review does not contain spoilers! Please keep them out of the comments as well. Part of the Free (Kindle) series.  Title: The Midnight Sea Author: Kat Ross Stars: ★★★ A few things that I don't think are spoilers but might change whether or not you want to read this book. One, it reference someone peeing themselves... Continue Reading →

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